Castleford Tigers 36 v Wigan Warriors 31

Grant Millington gets away from Matty Smith
Grant Millington gets away from Matty Smith
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CASTLEFORD’S Luke Dorn swept over for the match-winner with just 12 SECONDS on the clock to condemn the Warriors to their third defeat of four matches.

Just minutes earlier, Matty Smith had followed up his own sideline conversion - which had levelled the scores - with a stunning drop-goal to give the visitors a lead.

But they saw their hopes evaporate in the dying seconds and, in hindsight, they could have had no complaints.

Aside from a few purple-patches, the Warriors were out-enthused by a well-drilled, energetic Tigers side who have now won four straight Super League matches.

Even though the Warriors were 24-22 ahead at half-time, they only took the lead moments before the break when Joe Burgess swept over for their fifth try of a seesawing, frustrating - yet entertaining - opening 40 minutes.

Castleford, buoyed by a three-game winning streak, started at breakneck speed to stun the visitors and take a deserved 16-0 lead.

After a low-key start to the second-half, a magical spiralling pass from Green sent Burgess clear. But two high tackles in succession undid their good work, and that was a recurring trend; solid approach work, followed by needless mistakes and penalties.

Channing’s try had a feeling of inevitability to it, given how sloppy their opponents had been, to put the Tigers back in front. Sneyd’s conversion made it 28-24, and then when Flower was sinbinned for a high-shot on Huby on the hour-mark, the halfback tagged on a penalty to stretch their advantage to six-points.

Channing had two chances ruled out for forward passes - much to the annoyance of the vocal home fans. And when Scott Taylor thundered down field, it provided the platform for Smith to float a shallow kick to the right corner which Charnley collected and touched down.

Then, in their next set, Smith nailed a drop-goal from in front of the sticks and nearly 40m out.

But that was the end to the craziness.

Hauraki’s surge down field put the Tigers in good position and Dorn angled through with just 12 seconds remaining to score the match-winner.

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